Tag Archives: Louisiana

Meet a Afri-Creole Culinary Maven rescuing the food traditions of her heritage: Shawanda Marie (RECIPE!!!)

I met Cheftavist Shawanda Marie at a recent presentation at Virginia Tech. Chef is a living archive of Afri-Creole culture, embodying the values of The Cooking Gene. During this Lenten time, I wanted you to make a traditional of red … Continue reading

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Dillard’s free Creole culinary conference is Thursday, April 16 | NOLA.com

http://www.nola.com/food/index.ssf/2015/04/free_day_of_creole_culinary_co.html. Come see me at Dillard, April 16, 2015! “The African Roots of Creole Cuisine.”

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12 Years A Slave: Why I’m Glad it Won Best Picture

12 Years A Slave: Why I’m Glad it Won Best Picture    “Joyce is right about history being a nightmare –but it may be the nightmare from which no one can awaken.  People are trapped in history and history is … Continue reading

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Morning on a Plantation Before the Civil War

Let the ancestors talk…. Charley Williams, WPA “Slave Narratives,” Louisiana “De plantations was about as big as any.  I think it had about three hundred acres, and it was about two miles northwest of Monroe, Louisiana. …Old Master come into … Continue reading

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Announcing a New Project Take One: The Cooking Gene

It is the eve of the last Shabbat of 2011. I can’t get a hold of anybody.  Everybody is getting ready for New Year’s Eve and getting out the last of the holiday season fervor from their bones.  I need … Continue reading

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Hannukah, Oy Hannukah: My African American-Jewish Version At Least…

So as you must imagine this is a pretty festively ADHD time of year for me: –Hannukah Time— –Xmas in all its various permutations including 50 versions of “This Christmas” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” to be followed … Continue reading

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